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70th ANNUAL ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY CITIZENS BANK THIS WEEKEND

May 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:              May 11, 2018
CONTACT:        Ryan Murray
                        518.434.5415 / rmurray@albanyny.gov 
Media information:
Limited parking for Tulip Festival live media coverage vehicles available on the Washington Park side of Madison Avenue, east of the New Scotland Avenue bus stop. Be aware of street construction. Marked media vehicles will be allowed to park here during the event. View map here.



The 70th Annual Albany Tulip Festival Presented by Citizens Bank This Weekend
Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Washington Park, Albany NY
FREE

Albany, NY – The City of Albany hosts the 70th Annual Albany Tulip Festival presented by Citizens Bank on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13 in Washington Park. 

The Tulip Festival is Albany’s signature spring event featuring annual traditions rooted in the City’s rich Dutch heritage. The event includes nearly one hundred artisans selling their handmade crafts, a fine arts show, delicious food, the KidZone family fun destination, two stages of world-class live entertainment and more than 140,000 tulips in 150 different varieties. It all takes place in historic Washington Park, the 81-acre “crown jewel” of the City. 

“For the past 70 years, the Albany Tulip Festival has delighted visitors with the vibrant colors of spring, and showcased the economic vitality of the Capital Region,” said Paul Taffe, President of Citizens Bank, New York. “We’re proud to support events such as this that strengthen our communities and help them reach their potential.”

Since Mayor Erastus Corning II read the first Tulip Festival Proclamation on May 14, 1949, the Mother’s Day weekend celebration has grown into one of the Northeast’s biggest and most beloved yearly events. Featuring area vendors, businesses, community organizations and original local artists on every stage, the Tulip Festival continues to honor Albany’s four centuries of history while looking ahead to its future. As always, this event is free and open to the public. 


For more information, call 518.434.2032, visit www.albanyevents.org or follow albanyNYevents on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. #TulipFest70

Read on for the full schedule of events or view online at www.albanyevents.org

SATURDAY, MAY 12
TULIP QUEEN CORONATION CEREMONY
Washington Park Lakehouse Stage
Nominations accepted through April 2. Visit www.albanytulipqueen.com for more information. 
11:45 a.m. – Tulip Queen Procession (Begins at formal Tulip Beds by Moses Statue)
2017 Tulip Queen Ashley Loggins, Mayor Kathy Sheehan and the Dutch Settlers Society lead the 2018 Tulip Queen finalists to the Lakehouse Stage.
12:00 p.m. - Tulip Queen Coronation (Lakehouse Stage)
Mayor Sheehan and MC Chad O’Hara of B95.5 crown the 70th Albany Tulip Queen in this traditional highlight of Tulip Fest weekend.
  
MAIN STAGE
Washington Park Parade Grounds
Media sponsor: 102.7 WEQX
4:30 p.m. – White Denim
3:00 p.m. – Naked Giants
1:30 p.m. – Front Business

LOCAL 518 STAGE
Washington Park Lakehouse Stage
Presented by WellCare
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
4:45 p.m. – The Age
3:30 p.m. – The LateShift
2:15 p.m. – Blind Crow
1:00 p.m. – Sorrow Estate

SUNDAY, MAY 13

MAIN STAGE
Media sponsors: 98.3 TRY, 1023 Kiss FM, 99.5 The River & PYX 106 
4:30 p.m. – Dr. K’s Motown Revue 
3:00 p.m. – Taina Asili
1:30 p.m. – The Sea The Sea

LOCAL 518 STAGE
Media sponsor: Exit 97.7
3:30 p.m. – Zan Strumfeld
2:15 p.m. – Jordan Taylor Hill
1:00 p.m. – Ryan Leddick Trio
12:00 p.m. - 20th Annual Mother of the Year Award
Mayor Sheehan and B95.5’s Joe Condon recognize the Capital Region’s most outstanding moms. Presented by St. Peter’s Health Partners, Times Union & B95.5. Flowers provided by Ambiance Floral and Design.  Nominations open April 9 at www.motheroftheyearalbany.com.


KIDZONE 

Enjoy performances from Park Playhouse, Andy “the Music Man” Morse, pony rides, a rock climbing wall, inflatables, facepainting, games and more fun for the whole family!

PRICE CHOPPER KIDZONE STAGE

Continuous entertainment for all ages, all weekend long. 

12:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – Park Playhouse
1:00 p.m.                  –  Artpartners/Tsehaya & Co.
1:15 p.m., 4:00 p.m.  – Melvin The Magnificent
2:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m.  – Andy “The Music Man” Morse
3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.  – Ruth Pelham of the Music Mobile



KIDZONE ACTIVITY TENT

Saturday presented by Fidelis Care: Join Albany Public Library and other local library public libraries in the Pop-Up Library Tent for stories, games, crafts and activities! Come check out a children’s book or challenge your young one’s skill with life-size games
Sunday: Join the City of Albany Department of Recreation of Albany for physical fitness activities and hands on crafts with the newly crowned 2018 Albany Tulip Queen and Court! 

Young up-and-coming musicians enrolled in the School of Rock program perform throughout the weekend! Catch the stars of the future here first.

 
SATURDAY, MAY 12

ROYAL TULIP BALL 
6:30pm, Albany Capital Center (55 Eagle St, Albany)
An elegant evening of dining and dancing to honor the new Tulip Queen & Court. Proceeds benefit the Capital City Fund. Tickets are required; to purchase, contact Sarah Kampf at 518.209.1000 or tulipball@albanyny.gov

PARKING & SHUTTLES
FREE CDTA shuttle runs continuously to Washington Park from Eagle Street Garage (at Eagle & Madison Ave) & Elk Street Parking Lot (at Elk & Hawk Streets) throughout the festival. 

Handicap parking available at Albany Medical Center lot at Robin & Morris Streets. A free, accessible CDTA shuttle runs to and from the Madison & New Scotland entrance to the park throughout the festival.

Find more parking options at www.parkalbany.com

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
This event is produced with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Sign up to be a part of this great experience by visiting www.albanyevents.org/volunteer or calling 518.434.5416.

Presented by generous event sponsors
Citizens Bank, Price Chopper & Market 32, Bud Light, Saratoga Eagle, CDTA, Hampton Inn & Suites, Wellcare and LL Bean. 

House of Air, Wild Bill’s Soda, New York State Lotto, Fidelis Care, Comfort Windows, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bathfitter, GEICO, Leaf Filter Gutter Protection, Lyft, Champion Windows, and School of Rock. 

Media Partners: 

WEQX, Exit 97.7, B95.5, 98.3 TRY, PYX 106, 99.5 The River, Kiss 102.3, Albany.com, The Alt, Fly 92, Jamz 96.3, Magic 590, 100.9 The Cat, NYS Music, ALT 105.7, Rogue FX, Spot 518, Spiral Design, WGNA, WSG & WVCR 88.3 The Saint, Yelp.
Special ground rules in effect: 
No alcohol outside of designated beer garden area
No glass containers
No animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals)
No recording of performances

All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free.
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